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Amazing Trips to Rivers in Dominican Republic

When you close your eyes and imagine a tropical island, you likely picture a beach with a bright blue ocean and towering palm trees that sway in the breeze. The Dominican Republic has all that and more. It has many, many stunning beaches that are visited by millions of tourists year after year. But it also has an abundance of gorgeous rivers that are often overlooked by visitors. What are the pros and cons to taking a day trip to a river? more...


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What are the pros and cons to taking a day trip to a river?
· Fewer tourists. Rivers are usually quieter and more isolated - especially if you go mid-week.
· Cooler. Because Dominican rivers are usually surrounded by thick forests filled with tall green trees, it’s easier to stay out of the sun and to keep cool.
· The hike. In most cases, getting to the river is half the adventure. You can take in pristine panoramas of nature, local wildlife and breathtaking views on the way to your destination.
· Pebbles. If you’re not keen on feeling the sand between your toes (and everywhere else on your body and in your belongings) then you might appreciate a trip to the river.
· Strong currents. Although there are rivers that have shallow pools and soft currents, most of the time they are deep, fast moving streams. It may not be a good idea for small children or those who are not strong swimmers.
· Less amenities. Because they are usually isolated, there may not be any bathrooms, changing rooms, restaurants or snack stands nearby. So it’s best to wear your swim suit under your clothes and to eat a good breakfast before heading out. You might even want to pack some granola or protein bars.
· The pebbles. For those of you with sensitive feet, you’ll probably enjoy your day more if you wear a pair of good water shoes or an old pair of sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet.
Now that you know what to expect, where can you go?
27 Charcos de Damajagua, Imbert
This is an unforgettable journey to a river with 27 water falls. The trip begins with a 45 minute – 1 ½ hour hike up the side of a mountain to the mouth of the river. On the way down there is a combination of thrilling jumps and exhilarating natural waterslides. The views while visiting this river are simply fascinating - almost out of this world! However, unless you have a waterproof camera you’ll only be able to take away your memories, because everything on you will without a doubt, unavoidably, get very wet.
El Salto del Limón, Samaná
The main attraction of this river is a 170 foot waterfall. The river is hidden deep in the jungle of a mountain in Samaná, so the best way to get to the falls is to ride a horse or a donkey. But if you are up for a scenic yet vigorous hike, then of course you can walk. A relaxing swim in the natural pool at the base of the waterfall is a truly extraordinary experience.
Rio Yuna, Los Quemados, Bonao
A trip to the Yuna River in the city of Bonao will take you through a beautiful village in the heart of the country. This amazing river emerges from the lush mountain-scape twisting and turning around immense boulders. If you visit during the right time of the year (Oct 1 – May 30) you can enjoy catching and eating jaiba, a delicious river crustacean found in this part of the country.
Jimenoa and the Yaque del Norte, Jarabacoa
These rivers are located in one of the most well developed eco-friendly cities of the Dominican Republic. There are hotels and restaurants nearby. Not to mention, a small park with a trail that takes you to a lovely cascade along the Jimenoa River. This is also the only place in the country that offers white water rafting.

So on your trip to the Dominican Republic, go off the beaten path and try visiting a river..

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